Must I attend court for an eviction hearing, even though Iput in a 30-day notice and turned in keys?

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Must I attend court for an eviction hearing, even though Iput in a 30-day notice and turned in keys?

I do owe 2 months rent.

Asked on October 16, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Georgia

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You are under no legal obligation to attend the eviction hearing (unless you were subpoenaed to attend) for the rental that you occupy where you admittedly are several months behind in the rent. However if you fail to attend the hearing and the trial proceeds as scheduled, you most likely will lose by default where a default judgment will be entered against you to vacate the premises that you occupy where you could end up owing the landlord a sum of money.

In order to safeguard your interests concerning the lawsuit against you it is highly recommended that you attend the trial. Potentially you can enter into a court supervised agreement where you voluntarily agree to vacate the rental you are occupying on terms that are favorable to you.

 


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